We help creative professionals to understand their value, present themselves effectively and develop their careers. We've done it for marketing and media pros, industrial and graphic designers, film and TV pros, journalists and musicians.
We work with creative professionals to sharpen leadership skills and get teams working more productively. We help creative managers to become more effective, even visionary leaders and powerful communicators.
We chart a course for your creative career, providing objectivity, clarity and motivation. We’ll build on your strengths and work with your passions, whether to advance your position within an organization, or to find something better outside.
Why Pollock Spark?
Michael Pollock has a unique perspective gained from successes in Advertising, Film, Design, Internet and Marketing. This lets him find just the right way forward for each person and each company. As a one-on-one executive coach and consultant to corporations, he guides clients’ progress through clear, productive action steps and gives them the motivation to succeed. How can Pollock Spark help you?
What clients are saying about Pollock Spark
I was able to see that I have way more interesting skills/experience than what is outlined on my resume.
He helped me see it. Michael is a good listener and very intuitive. He looked at my website, he listened to me, he asked me questions, and the light went on for me. He listens so closely that he would grab at a word or turn of phrase that I said and ask me to explain further. And wouldn’t you know it, the answer was buried in there.
He then worked with me on a path to get where I wanted to be. There were twists and turns but he kept me on track and honest with myself. I really appreciated that he knows entertainment so well, and all that goes into it, whether it’s being creative or networking, or websites. He’s smart, really easy to talk to and very funny.
I recommend him to anyone who’s looking for their “Now what?”
Although you laid out the structure and the “mini-goals”, it gelled in our final meeting beyond what I expected. As if it were a well told story and we came to the third act. I hope we do another round 12 months from now. It’s really as important to me as seeing your doctor regularly to check your blood pressure etc.
In three short sessions, I have gained more from our conversations than I ever thought I would and I want to thank you for making such an impact in the navigation of my career path.
I worked with the actress Mariette Hartley and I remember her saying "the problem with people today is that no one listens, the art of listening is completely gone." Not with you, I really feel like you follow a thread and do so with great interest. And when you speak, I love listening. What you say has such weight, such importance, such clarity.
Thanks for making the skies clear over here in Portland, Oregon.
A heartfelt thank you!
I hired Michael two weeks after launching my consulting business, after I’d sent emails to everyone I knew and realized I had no idea what to do next. In a matter of weeks, he helped me create a unique position in the market, make my website more targeted and succinct, collect great testimonials from former clients, start a blog, manage a website redesign, and write for industry publications. With his frank and spot-on advice, I went from fearing I’d destroyed my career to signing long-term contracts for two clients in a matter of weeks. His tips on how to talk about rates also gave me the tools and the confidence to ask for (and get) more than I might have if left to my own devices. I’ve passed Michael’s name to friends struggling with their careers, and I know I’ll be a return customer if I find myself in need of coaching again. I recommend him wholeheartedly.”
Having just finished working with Michael, I can enthusiastically say he brought great insight and value to my thinking about next steps in my career. He quickly grasped my past accomplishments and future aspirations and expertly kept us moving forward, making sure we achieved all agreed upon goals. Michael helped me see how my particular expertise might have value to a wider audience than I might have originally thought and assisted me in sifting through and evaluating current opportunities. Perhaps most importantly, Michael encouraged me to view those current opportunities as potentially valuable steps toward my ultimate goal. The clarity he brought was enormously helpful. In short, I’m far better equipped to move forward now than before I began working with Michael.
… the exercise of examining my history, of continually revising, seeking out the essences, has netted me something more than just a new (and hopefully attractive!) profile. Your process opened up new lines of thought for me as to how I might leverage what I’ve done into something new and if I‘m lucky, something driven by my passions. It was clear that you were always many steps ahead of me, but I felt like always had a hand extended back to where I was, bringing me along. I felt you were genuinely interested and engaged.
I was well positioned, knew my value prop and just made it clear that no one else could come close to what I am able to deliver to them…Since working with you, interviewing is like shooting fish in a barrel. Thanks!
I have, and will continue to recommend the coaching. The coaching sessions truly are a “spark”. …the sessions got me excited about what I’ve done, what I can do and what I hope to do. It’s one of the best investments you can make if you’re in the creative field.
I was on your career development class on last Friday, and it was amazing. What you said on class is really helpful for me to get my career started. - Student from China
I learned many things that are very helpful as I try to craft my story and find employment. - Student from US
His workshops and his bespoke approach to our individual needs has helped enormously in reaching the type of conclusions that will help us to not lose focus on our desire to develop and build our business in the US.
He really stands out from the competition.
After we had revised her resume, this client forwarded this “testament of our work together,” sent from a connection of hers:
“I clicked on (a LinkedIn update) and saw your name with an intriguing quote so I clicked again, and WOW!! Girl, you are so creative and vibrant, it just screams off the electronic page… I scanned the resume. It is the first exciting, creative resume I’ve EVER read. Anyone scanning your page would immediately offer you work, even if they didn’t have any.
Michael (Pollock, pollock*spark) has a very strong ability to focus deeply on a company and draw out important, often overlooked, issues. His suggestions for next steps and action plans are excellent. Michael has been instrumental in helping us clearly define goals and working towards achieving them.
The second interview went extraordinarily well. My session with you proved most productive … My preparedness was key and I'm so grateful for your help and guidance. I'm incredibly thrilled to have been offered this position and really excited to start a new chapter in my career. Thank you so much for everything!
I went from lackluster “brand" materials (cover letter, resume etc.) in serious need of improvement to getting job offers and finding new opportunities in the span of weeks.
With the precision of a skilled surgeon, the creative mind set of a celebrated artist, and a grounded-ness that is only gifted to the very best and brightest, Michael Pollock set to work on helping to shape the professional me. I came to him looking to focus how I represent myself as a leader in my field, and I emerged out of our collaborative process with so much more than I expected. Now I have the the materials to walk my walk and talk my talk–and even more exciting–my contemporaries and their bosses at the biggest tech and creative players across the country have stood up to take notice. So I ask, what hasn’t Michael Pollock done for me? He’s been my rock, my cheerleader, my articulate second set of eyes, my coach and my spark. I have recommended him, and will continue, to anyone who is inspired to change. And I will continue to work with him as I build my career and my business. I would be crazy not to…he makes me a better me.”
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